Belgium consents new field trials for gene-edited maize

BELGIUM – The federal authorities in Belgium have granted permission to perform three new field trials with genome-edited maize to confirm that these maize plants are more resilient to climate stress and better digestible when exposed to actual field conditions. The effects of climate change have a major impact on agriculture. Crops are subjected to more prolonged periods of drought…

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Brussels to implement mandatory cold treatment for South African oranges

BELGIUM – Brussels has purposed to implement the cold treatment regulation for South African oranges before the start of the southern hemisphere export season, which is in just a few weeks. Brussels’ firmness on cold treatment and its immediate application are evident in the letter that the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides, sent to reply to the…

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SCS seeks EFSA approval in use of mechanically recycled polystyrene as food contact material

BELGIUM – Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS), the value chain initiative to realize the circular economy for styrenic polymers, has filed its second application for the European Union (EU) authorization of mechanically recycled polystyrene (rPS) as food contact material. SCS now has two submissions to be assessed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Both cover the same multiple end-consumer applications,…

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